Identity and Popular Culture

Module code: MS2006

This module explores what is meant by ‘identity’ by considering the various social factors which make up individual identity and the ways these are represented in popular media. These factors include normative notions of gender, race and ethnicity, sexual preference and affiliation, social class and nation/region. These notions are analysed through the study of selected popular television and film texts each week.

Topics covered

  • Representing Race
  • Representing Gender
  • Representing LGBTQ
  • Representing Social Class
  • Representing National Identities
  • Intersectionality
  • Critique in New Media

Learning

  • 22 hours of lectures
  • 11 hours of seminars
  • 117 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Essay, 2,000 words (60%)
  • Reflective assignment, 400 words (25%)
  • Paired presentation (15%)